Music Department

Associate Professor: Wayne L. Wold (chair, music theory, composition, organ, harpsichord)

Assistant Professor: Noel Verzosa (music history and literature, world music, appreciation)

Instructor: Lynn Staininger (choral activities, conducting, appreciation, fundamentals)

Adjunct Instructors: Jan Aaland (voice), Anna Claire Ayoub (bassoon), Lisa Dodson (voice), David Duree (clarinet and saxophone), Lynn Fleming (string bass), Brian Hinkley (brass and wind ensemble, conducting), Alison Bazala Kim (cello), Noel Lester (piano, piano ensemble, concert manager), RoseAnn Markow Lester (violin, viola, string ensemble, director of preparatory music), Kevin Lewis (jazz ensemble), William Powell (piano), William Simms (guitar, early music ensemble), Leroy Smith (gospel ensemble), Barbara Spicher (flute), Ed Stanley (oboe and English horn)

Music is a cornerstone of a liberal arts education and, as such, Hood offers majors and minors in music history and literature, performance, and piano pedagogy. The music curriculum has the following objectives: development of the enjoyment of music, proficiency in the art of music, guidance in the understanding of music, preparation for a career in music, and preparation for graduate school.

Most members of the department are concert artists, some of whom have performed nationally and internationally. Several are recording artists, as well.

Facilities: Hood’s facilities for the study of music include eight practice rooms with Yamaha studio upright pianos, teaching studios with grand pianos (mostly Steinways), a large pipe organ, a practice organ, a harpsichord, a music-lab computer station and several performing venues: Brodbeck Music Hall, Hodson Auditorium, and Coffman Chapel. Hood also boasts an excellent collection of books, music, CDs and DVDs in the Beneficial-Hodson Library and Information Technology Center.

Performances: Students have many performing opportunities through participation in honors recitals; performance labs; choir; chamber singers; the piano, wind, string, jazz, early music and gospel ensembles; and other smaller chamber groups. The choral groups perform several times each semester, including the annual “Messiah” performance, and the other ensembles present end-of-the-semester concerts each term. Numerous concerts each year by distinguished guest artists and faculty artists are also held.

Credit by audition: Students who have a substantial background in applied music may apply for credit for that study by arranging an audition with the department. A maximum of 4 credits will be awarded, based on the audition.

Programs Offered:

Applied Music

Hood offers individual instruction in piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, English horn, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, all brass instruments, voice, guitar, composition, and conducting. Beginning instruction in all areas is available with consent of the Department. In all instrumental areas except piano, organ, and harpsichord, students are expected to provide their own instruments.

Students may take applied music with or without earning credits. Normally, a student would need to practice about five hours a week for one half-hour* lesson, and eight hours a week for two half-hour lessons. Two half-hour lessons may be combined into one hour lesson each week at the discretion of the instructor. One hour* of credit will be awarded for a semester of weekly half-hour lessons.

Students taking applied music for credit must attend three department-approved concerts each semester and are expected to participate in performance labs scheduled throughout the semester. Applied music credits are awarded after the teacher certifies that the student has made reasonable progress, has successfully completed a departmental exam, and has fulfilled the concert and performance requirements. Students must take a departmental exam in each applied area of study every semester, following two semesters of study.

There is a modest fee for lessons and use of the practice rooms; several scholarships are available. A maximum of 4 credits by examination may be earned by students with an extensive background in applied music.

For detailed, up-to-date information on the applied music program and policies, please consult the Applied Music Handbook on the Department of Music webpage at

*Hour and half-hour are interpreted in terms of the 50-minute class.

Music Ensemble

Students may elect to enroll in a music ensemble for credit. String students would normally enroll in string ensemble; wind and percussion students would normally enroll in wind ensemble; voice students would normally enroll in choir, chamber singers, or gospel ensemble; and piano students would normally enroll in piano ensemble and a choral group. Majors in other areas will be assigned as appropriate. Students earn one-half credit for each semester of ensemble and may earn up to six credits during their Hood careers.

Note: in all cases, the appropriate director must approve placement in music ensembles.